Blue Jays minor league catcher Jonathan Jaspe received a 50-game suspension, effective immediately, for testing positive for nandrolone metabolites, a performance-enhancing substance.
The switch-hitting backstop signed with Toronto out of Venezuela in 2003 and made his debut the following year in the DSL. Jaspe, 23, has enjoyed modest success as he’s moved up the ladder—batting a career .283/.353/.429 entering the season—but he’s been overshadowed by other Blue Jays catching prospects, such as Curtis Thigpen, Robinzon Diaz, J.P. Arencibia and Brian Jeroloman.
Repeating with low Class A Lansing this season, Jaspe was batting .341/.364/.512 with two doubles, a homer and 12 RBIs.
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